2020 PNWA Annual Convention

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Date(s) - 10/06/2020 - 10/08/2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Zoom Video Webinar

Despite – or perhaps because of – the COVID-19 pandemic, PNWA is more vital than ever. Join us at our most popular event of the year, our 2020 Annual Convention, which provides the perfect opportunity for colleagues from the Northwest to hear from key regional and federal partners.

We will bring you elements of our traditional annual convention virtually via Zoom meetings and webinars. We are excited to bring you several keynote speakers and panels, as well as the opportunity to vote on leadership positions and our 2021 Policies and Projects. We will also honor the very best of PNWA, plus our 2020 Legislator of the Year.

Our Annual Convention may look a little different this year, but it will still be a time for connection, education, and celebration. “See” you soon!

Register Now!

It’s free and open to PNWA members, partner agency staff members, and elected officials and their staffs.


Want to increase your organization’s visibility to our members, partners and friends while supporting PNWA? Become a sponsor! Gain exposure on our web and social media sites, in our Nor’wester newsletter, and be recognized during our meetings and webinars. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels are available. Sign up online when you register for the conference.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Randi Besser by email or at 503-234-8550

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, October 6

10:00 am PNWA Executive Committee Meeting
* Executive Committee Members only *

1:00 pm Welcome to the 2020 PNWA Annual Convention
Dave Harlan, Port of Toledo & PNWA President
Kristin Meira, Executive Director, PNWA

1:15 pm Keynote presentation – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commanders Panel
Brigadier General Peter Helmlinger, Northwestern Division
Colonel Michael Helton, Portland District
Colonel Alexander Bullock, Seattle District
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Childers, Walla Walla District

2:15 pm Break

2:30 pm PNWA Distinguished Service Awards and Walter H. Evans Memorial Award Presentations

3:00 pm PNWA 2020 Legislator of the Year Presentation and Q&A – Rep. Denny Heck

3:30 pm Day One Program Concludes

3:45 pm Virtual Happy Hour

Wednesday, October 7

1:00 pm Keynote presentation – stay tuned for details!

1:45 pm Break

2:00 pm PNWA Membership Meeting
* PNWA Members only *
• Election of Board of Directors
• Election of Executive Committee and Officers
• Adoption of PNWA 2021 Policies and Projects

3:00 pm Break

3:15 pm Inland Ports & Navigation Group (IPNG) Meeting
* All PNWA convention registrants invited to attend *

Thursday, October 8

1:00 pm Keynote presentation – stay tuned for details!

2:00 pm PNWA Board of Directors Meeting
* All are welcome *

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Randi Besser by email or at 503-234-8550


Thank You To Our 2020 Annual Convention Sponsors

Gold Sponsors



Silver Sponsor

Maul Foster Alongi


Bronze Sponsors

Port of Lewiston

Ecological Land Services

Port of Vancouver USA

The Northwest Seaport Alliance

Port of Longview

Port of Seattle

Columbia River Bar Pilots

Columbia River Pilots

Chmelik Sitkin & Davis

Washington State Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board

Westwood Shipping Lines

Port of Hood River

Port of Whitman County